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When the SAINTS go marching in!

This past week we celebrated All Saint’s Day and I wanted to share with you some of our traditions for this wonderful time.

In the past, the children and I have attended an All Saint’s Day festival sponsored by our Catholic co-op. Each family is responsible for creating a game related to a particular saint, and handing out a small prize for each participant. One year, my kiddos ended up recovering from the stomach flu and we were unable to go. So, we decided to have our own celebration at home.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Therese, and St. Lawrence.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Therese, and St. Lawrence.

The kids had rehearsed 3 facts about their saints. They had worked so hard on their costumes and facts that I didn’t want them to be discouraged and we decided to hold our own event.

all saints day 3Enjoying cinnamon rolls and vanilla tea.

all saints day 2(Mini Me was just happy to be included.) The tea was a great opportunity for them to review their facts and enjoy a little morning snack.

This year’s All Saint’s Day happened to fall on a regular co-op day so the co-op decided to hold an All Saint’s Day parade during lunch. The kids worked quickly to create costumes for their saints and memorize their lines.

saints 1

Mini Me was St. Gianna. She is a modern day saint. She was a prolife doctor and mother.

saints 2 The fashionista was St. Ann which is her patron saint. She was the mother of Our Lady and married to Joachim.

Saints 3St. James. DDD’s patron saint. He was an apostle of Jesus’s and was present in the garden of Gethsamene. He was a former fisherman and is the patron saint of labourers.

saints 4Sweet Pea was St. Theresa of Avila. She did such a wonderful presentation. She reminded everyone that St. Theresa said, ” Let nothing trouble you. All things fade away. God alone is enough.”

The children paraded around the cafeteria to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and then played “Guess who” with their facts about their saints, letting the rest of the co-op guess who they were. It was so rewarding to hear the children “chime in” with their guesses and to see how much information they could recall from their knowledge of the year thus far.

The saints are true heroes and heroines for our children to imitate and look up to. The challenge for us, as parents, is for our children to see holiness and sainthood as obtainable and praiseworthy.

God Bless,

Tammi

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A lenten reflection

Chocolate. TV. Facebook. Complaining. We all look for that ultimate “sacrifice” that we feel God is calling us to for Lent. Once again, Lent came quickly at my house and I wasn’t prepared. How could I be prepared to enter the preparatory season for Easter, or the season of Lent? There was no vacation to ponder my life. I was still “knee deep” in laundry, dishes and lesson planning for five active children. I was still trying to figure out how to get everything done on a daily basis and still give the semblance of order. My daily prayers were for God to multiple my time, my work, my patience…not to have to “make time” to “figure out the whole Lent thing”!!!

As I sat at the breakfast room table on Ash Wednesday drinking a cup of tea, I tried to just clear my mind and think of the best sacrifice for where I am in my life. As I sat thinking about nothing but the taste of Vanilla caramel tea, I picked up this little black Lenten book that my church had given out at  Mass earlier that day. I remember reading a little reflection that talked about Lent being a time that we work on our interior “house”, a time for us to ask ourselves what in our life was preventing us from a closer relationship with God. So quietly, and yet so firm, I was convicted of the fact that I never quiet myself. When I watch TV, I am folding laundry or paying bills. When I am driving in my minivan, I am listening to music or talking on my phone. I love talking. I constantly “check in” with friends, and family during the day. I love the sense of accomplishment when I get a bunch of stuff “crossed off” my list or I can tackle something that has been lording over me. However, is that all that I need in my life? To complete loads of laundry or make that DIY “pin” that I pinned to my Pinterest account? What does my soul need?

Sit in the quiet. It sounds pretty simple but the ramifications in my life could very well be unparalleled to any Lenten sacrifice that I have made thus far. Sit and do nothing. Say nothing, listen to nothing, do nothing for several times during my day. Tune out the sounds of “life” as I know it. Make nothing else a priority during those times. I know this will be one of my hardest Lents yet, if I really honor this sacrifice. I know my mind will wrestle with everything that I “could” do doing during that time. I will see the time, for a few sessions, as wasteful…..however, I will trust that the Lord will bless that sacrifice and use it to teach me invaluable lessons.

Maintain control. Stop yelling. My five year old daughter confirmed my need for this Lenten challenge. It’s really tough when you “see” your children mimicking your behavior especially your vices. It’s painful to watch your three year old, with her hands on her hips, “yelling” at her siblings to pick up their mess.  It’s tough to correct your children for their voices and the harsh tone in their voice when you know that they have followed your great example. So…..this Lent will be about me taming the inner beast within….

I pray that this Lent you will be able to pinpoint those areas in your life that keep you from finding that inner happiness that our God wants for you. As we prepare to experience the joys of Easter, may we cling to that dusty, dirty, strenuous path to the cross. God bless.